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Aug 25, 2013 10:00am PDT
for president obama in 2008, for example. more recently, however, the political winds have shifted, leading to the enactment of several conservative-backed laws. that's drawn a protest movement led by a number of faith leaders who say the new laws favor the wealthy and are especially harsh on the poor. the state's republican legislature and governor have their own clerical backers, however. lucker severson has our report. >> these people are angry at the north carolina legislature. this was the 13th week they've gathered outside and inside the general assembly for what organizers call moral monday protests. so far, 925 citizens have been arrested, even some in wheelchairs. >> forward together, not one step back. >> at first the crowds were small, but each monday they got bigger as the republican legislature approved what the people here view as an extremely unjust budget and far-right social agenda. george reed heads the north carolina council of churches. >> you might get your breath taken away for varying reasons but i think just about everybody would agree it's a breathtaking session. >>
Aug 18, 2013 10:00am PDT
, urged president obama to cut off military aid to egypt. >>> israel released 26 palestinian prisoners this week as peace talks resumed in jerusalem. the second round of talks began despite israel's announcement that it plans to build more than a thousand new housing units in disputed areas, including east jerusalem. u.n. secretary general ban-ki moon, visiting the west bank, called the new settlement activity troubling and warned it could make a two-state solution impossible. >>> attorney general eric holder proposed major reforms this week to the country's prison system. under new justice department rules, some non-violent drug offenders will no longer face mandatory minimum sentences. >> too many americans go to prison for far too long and for no truly good law enforcement reason. >> many religious groups welcomed the change. justice fellowship, a prominent christian prison ministry, said mandatory sentences can turn non-violent offenders into hardened criminals by the time they are released. >>> a commission of faith leaders is calling for an end to the irs ban on clergy endorsemen
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